Top freemason pledges to help county's neediest

Top freemason pledges to help county's neediest

Top freemason pledges to help county's neediest

First published in News Bucks Free Press: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

A LEADING Bucks freemason has pledged to do more to help the needy in society after taking up his new role in the Marlow-based organisation.

Mike Stimson has taken up the position of deputy head of the 21 lodges and ten chapters based at the Masonic Centre in St Peter Street.

The 66-year-old said his responsibility lies with helping residents and organisations in the tough financial climate by channelling the group’s charitable funds to where they are most needed.

He said: "Charity is one of the three main masonic principles, along with friendship and decency, so I owe it to the 3500 freemasons in Bucks to make sure their money is invested wisely.

"Headlines suggest the economy is gradually improving but there are many hundreds of people in our area who are facing a real struggle to make ends meet.

"Our donors, ordinary freemasons, are also facing reduced real incomes so squaring the circle is a significant challenge.

"My priority therefore is to ensure our two local masonic charities are operating as efficiently as they can do, getting the maximum benefit to beneficiaries as soon as is reasonably possible."

Mr Stimson, a mason since 1975, takes over from Clifford Drake, 67, who spent eight years in the voluntary but virtually full-time role.

The fire safety consultant hopes to increase the amount given to worthy causes throughout the county through his chairmanship of the Bucks Masonic Centenary Fund and the Bucks Masonic Benevolent Fund.

The centenary fund pledges money to community project, while the benevolent fund gives financial help to those facing a variety of personal problems, such as illness or bereavement.

The two Bucks funds which he will chair are independent of the freemasons’ Grand Charity, which works on a national level.

For more details freemasonry and how the groups helps the community, visit www.buckspgl.org

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11:05am Mon 3 Mar 14

Welwyn Dowd says...

Remind me someone, what proportion of freemasons are women?
Remind me someone, what proportion of freemasons are women? Welwyn Dowd
  • Score: -8

1:50pm Mon 3 Mar 14

pennman says...

I'm no freemason, but I do know that they raise a lot of money for charity, which can't be a bad thing, can it? Think what you may of their strange rituals, but is it any different from Kiwi's chanting a 'haka' before a drinking game?
I'm no freemason, but I do know that they raise a lot of money for charity, which can't be a bad thing, can it? Think what you may of their strange rituals, but is it any different from Kiwi's chanting a 'haka' before a drinking game? pennman
  • Score: 12

4:22pm Mon 3 Mar 14

Bill Taxpayer says...

Welwyn Dowd wrote:
Remind me someone, what proportion of freemasons are women?
I don't know.

How many men belong to the women's institute?

Does is matter?
[quote][p][bold]Welwyn Dowd[/bold] wrote: Remind me someone, what proportion of freemasons are women?[/p][/quote]I don't know. How many men belong to the women's institute? Does is matter? Bill Taxpayer
  • Score: 11

10:02pm Mon 3 Mar 14

bequia says...

Interesting...
Interesting... bequia
  • Score: 9

8:52am Tue 4 Mar 14

Darren Hayday says...

Welwyn Dowd wrote:
Remind me someone, what proportion of freemasons are women?
Answer = Lady Masons.
[quote][p][bold]Welwyn Dowd[/bold] wrote: Remind me someone, what proportion of freemasons are women?[/p][/quote]Answer = Lady Masons. Darren Hayday
  • Score: 7

10:37am Tue 4 Mar 14

s6blr says...

Welwyn Dowd wrote:
Remind me someone, what proportion of freemasons are women?
Yes there are Women Freemasons. See http://www.owf.org.u
k/

Whilst Freemasonry following the example of medieval stonemasons, is, and has always been, restricted to men, women Freemasons have two separate Grand Lodges, which are restricted to women.
[quote][p][bold]Welwyn Dowd[/bold] wrote: Remind me someone, what proportion of freemasons are women?[/p][/quote]Yes there are Women Freemasons. See http://www.owf.org.u k/ Whilst Freemasonry following the example of medieval stonemasons, is, and has always been, restricted to men, women Freemasons have two separate Grand Lodges, which are restricted to women. s6blr
  • Score: 7

10:21pm Tue 4 Mar 14

gpn01 says...

s6blr wrote:
Welwyn Dowd wrote:
Remind me someone, what proportion of freemasons are women?
Yes there are Women Freemasons. See http://www.owf.org.u

k/

Whilst Freemasonry following the example of medieval stonemasons, is, and has always been, restricted to men, women Freemasons have two separate Grand Lodges, which are restricted to women.
Are they called maisonettes?
[quote][p][bold]s6blr[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Welwyn Dowd[/bold] wrote: Remind me someone, what proportion of freemasons are women?[/p][/quote]Yes there are Women Freemasons. See http://www.owf.org.u k/ Whilst Freemasonry following the example of medieval stonemasons, is, and has always been, restricted to men, women Freemasons have two separate Grand Lodges, which are restricted to women.[/p][/quote]Are they called maisonettes? gpn01
  • Score: 4

2:19pm Wed 5 Mar 14

sparky49 says...

I see the masonic mafia are at work. My post suggesting that they all look after one another has been removed. How many masons in charge of vetting posts?
I REST MY CASE.
I see the masonic mafia are at work. My post suggesting that they all look after one another has been removed. How many masons in charge of vetting posts? I REST MY CASE. sparky49
  • Score: -2

6:12pm Fri 21 Mar 14

thentherewere4 says...

Aww. Don't be too hard on him.

He might tell us where Madeleine is hiding.
Aww. Don't be too hard on him. He might tell us where Madeleine is hiding. thentherewere4
  • Score: -3

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